Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitChinese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Hailan Paulsen


Previously coded CHI4860


This unit builds on the skills learnt in Chinese basic interpreting skills 1; It covers topics including: finance and trade, banking and insurance, information and technology, legal matters, formalities for conferences, and interviews. Semester 2 clearly follows a more professional line than semester 1 and is designed to give students more complete and polished skills as well as increasing the variety of their experiences.


This course aims to train bilingually proficient students in the role, theory, ethics, and practice of interpreting at intermediate level. This course helps students':

  1. Basic concepts of interpreting skills. To fully understand the differences between verbal and non-verbal interpreting skills and concepts underlying principles and practice of interpreting skills and to recognize the specific requirements of different types of interpreting
  2. Interpreting skills. To improve and develop students' linguistic competence as well as their verbal and non-verbal interpreting competence in both Chinese/English interpretation, to help them acquire fundamental skills and strategies essential to interpreting and to help students in developing underlying techniques for summarizing, memory enhancement, note taking, public speaking skills, etc. To get involved in various kinds of communicative activities which are closely in line with real-life situations and explore solutions to problems involved in decoding and encoding messages in the process of interpreting
  3. Cultural context. To enable students to enhance their multicultural understanding, as a prerequisite to interpreting and to communicate culturally specific information into an understandable format in the target language
  4. Pathways. To provide a pathway/articulation into advanced translation/interpreting studies, giving them the confidence to participate in studies such as NAATI accredited courses.


Tutorial participation and homework: 10%
Written work: 50%
Final oral exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture, one 1-hour seminar, and one 1-hour tutorial per week


+ ATS3043 and ATS3044 or ATS3049 and ATS3050 or with permission


ATS2046, ATS2052, ATS3046, ATS3052, APG4544, APG4952, APG5946, APG5952